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Dog Park (1998)

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Sex comedy takes a look at contemporary dating mores and hypothesizes that the new dating location may be the dog walk in the park. A mild-mannered man loses his present girlfriend to ... See full summary »

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Bruce McCulloch

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Bruce McCulloch
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Henstridge ... Lorna
Luke Wilson ... Andy
Kathleen Robertson ... Cheryl
Janeane Garofalo ... Jeri
Bruce McCulloch ... Jeff
Kristin Lehman ... Keiran
Amie Carey ... Rachel
Gordon Currie ... Trevor
Harland Williams ... Callum
Mark McKinney ... Dr. Cavan, Dog Psychologist
Peter MacNeill ... Neighbor
Albert Schultz ... Male Dog Owner #2
Jerry Schaefer Jerry Schaefer ... Norm
Zachary Bennett ... Dougie
Ron James Ron James ... Male Dog Owner #1
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Storyline

Sex comedy takes a look at contemporary dating mores and hypothesizes that the new dating location may be the dog walk in the park. A mild-mannered man loses his present girlfriend to another man. His attraction to a kid's television show hostess goes nowhere because of her obsession with her dog, Peanut. He then gets hooked up with an overly exuberant blonde who overwhelms him. He even lost his Collie, Mogley, when his girlfriend moved out. In a funny subplot, the Collie is going to a doggie psychiatrist, who determines the dog is being traumatized by his mistress' sexual antics. Jeri and Jeff are best friends whose constant smooching simply makes the leads life less comfortable. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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In this town, the new hot spot, is with Spot. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Independent Pictures

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alysidota zevgaromata See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$154,524, 26 September 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$242,093, 3 October 1999
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene in the movie, Andy (Luke Wilson) goes into a bar with a bicycle wheel, saying that someone had stolen the rest of his bike. Writer, Director, and co-star Bruce McCulloch once performed a skit on The Kids in the Hall (1988), where he played a man whose bicycle wheel had been stolen, but the rest of the bike had been left behind. See more »

Quotes

Lorna: So what do you do for a living?
Andy: I... I write classified ads.
Lorna: I've read some of your work. Some of it's pretty good.
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References V (1983) See more »

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This Is To Mother You
Written by Sinéad O'Connor
Published by Promostreet B.V. Administered by
Warner Chappel Music Ltd. (SOCAN)
Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
Courtesy of Promostreet B.V.
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Unusual and charming. Explores the heart truthfully
6 September 2000 | by bopdogSee all my reviews

I liked it a lot. It's about people, not things or action or plot. That's uncommon these days, and should be applauded and supported by movie goers. People complain about f/x flicks, big cash blockbusters, and formulaic "lowest common denominator" pop-trash movies. That's a noble sentiment, but why not walk that talk? Why not get out to the theaters and pay to SEE movies that attempt to break out of the pop-culture molds? One of the reasons f/x (etc.) movies are almost all Hollywood makes anymore is because that's mostly all you and I pay to see anymore. Well, here's your chance to put your money where your mouth is and support something a little bit different.

"Dog Park" had a few annoying "snotty chick" cliches, but not too many, nor too bad. Whether or not this movie represents real life or not, I cannot say. Whether or not a movie, any movie, even SHOULD represent real life--who knows that, either? But, if art, good or bad, is designed to evoke a certain feeling, and certain vibes, then this movie does that very well. The specific events may or may not be "accurate," but the vibe and the results are.

Minor flaws aside-- and they are mostly mere quibbles-- this is a bright, charming, thoughtful movie about contemporary people. I think everyone could relate to, and benefit from, "Dog Park"'s exploration of the heart: its fear, courage, deadness, commitment and connection. I gave this movie an 8 out of 10.

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